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Relatives, survivors and others mark 16th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing

A victim's family member talks about the importance of the education programs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
BY BRYAN PAINTER bpainter@opubco.com Published: April 20, 2011

Many people stop at the windows inside the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and look out at the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial.

On Tuesday morning, Donna Weaver had a different view.

She was outside looking toward the windows of the museum. Weaver stood at the lectern during the remembrance ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, 16 years after the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

It was a bombing that resulted in the deaths of 168 people, including her husband of 21 years, Michael D. Weaver, 45.

In the five years leading up to his death, Michael Weaver served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with an office in the Murrah Building.

She told the 2,000 people gathered that she has gone out across the state on behalf of the museum with a message.

“I want them to know how one family walked through tragedy, survived and has moved forward,” Donna Weaver said. “I want them to know how to be a good friend to someone that's hurting and how important faith is.

“The education programs of the memorial museum allow something meant for bad to work for good. It's important for me to be a part of that work, so that the loss of Mike Weaver and all the victims will work for the good of future generations. The memorial museum does that.”

This February marked 10 years since the opening of the museum.

Richard Williams was one of the original members of the memorial trust and has served on the museum's board. In all, he's served on about 18 committees during the past 15 years.

Williams, working for the General Services Administration, was serving as the assistant manager of the Murrah Building at the time of the bombing. On Tuesday, he complimented the museum for accurately capturing, preserving and sharing the story of that day and those that have followed.

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